Never have we ever felt so grateful to be Kiwis, so motivated to support local and so inspired to explore our own backyard. Never Have I Ever is your chance to find something new in New Zealand. Here are your cities through 25 new sets of eyes - hundreds of their favourite things to do, learn and eat.
What's your Never Have I Ever?
Never stared up at the mechanical hedges or looked down the chequered walkway at Hamilton Gardens’s new Surrealist Garden? It’s restaurateur Anh Chaimontree’s favourite part of her city’s famous gardens.
Discover Anh’s Hamilton.
Never tried the eggplant claypot at KC Café? Wellington on a Plate programme manager Beth Brash lives, eats and dreams food. And she thinks this is the perfect finish to a night out.
Christina van Bohemen
Never been to see Light Weight O, a suspended sculpture by Catherine Griffiths? Architect Christina van Bohemen loves the way it reflects the Victorian and Edwardian street back to the viewer.
Discover Christina’s Auckland.
Coralie and Ryan
Never been the star of your own stage? Creative placemakers Coralie and Ryan invite you to cut loose at the Dance-O-Mat - a coin operated dance floor. It’s part of their work to make cities fun and accessible.
Discover Coralie & Ryan’s Christchurch.
Damien van Brandenburg
Never been through the 1860s smugglers tunnels under Dunedin? Architect Damien van Brandenburg loves this subterranean insight to a city that is rich in diverse, gold rush-era architecture.
Discover Damien’s Dunedin.
Nutritionist & Foodie
Never tasted the best smoothie bowls ever? Nutritionist Danijela Unkovich thinks the inventive and nutrient-rich goodness from Bowl and Arrow are worthy of the hashtag #foodporn. Her Auckland is full of good food and wellbeing.
Discover Danijela’s Auckland.
Chef & cookbook author
Never had a special occasion meal at Cocoro? Chef Dariush Lolaiy describes Makoto’s food as nothing short of magic - plus the best sake selection in town. It’s his favourite special occasion restaurant.
Discover Dariush’s Auckland.
Musician & vegan butcher
Never had a sushi taco? Musician and vegan butcher Flip Grater can help. Bar Yoku is a favourite in her inner-city neighbourhood and is part of the healthy, sustainable vibe curated at The Welder complex.
Discover Flip’s Christchurch.
Wāhinepreneur & business owner
Never explored the collections of skulls and skeletons at the Museum of Natural Mystery? This is a favourite haunt of “wāhinepreneur” Heidi Renata - when she’s not recharging on the region’s white sand beaches or cutting up the dance floor with her mates.
Discover Heidi’s Dunedin.
Never swum off the deserted boatshed at Pūrākaunui? Designer and bar owner Josh Thomas calls it “magical”. He likes to gather cockles here, too. Josh loves Dunedin’s deserted beaches and connected people.
Discover Josh’s Dunedin.
Never had the soft-serve from Zany Zeus? Brewer Jos Ruffell goes for the liquorice flavour after a walk in the Remutaka Forest.
Ice cream maker & business owner
Never experienced Sage, the dining experience in a brew bar in Hamilton? Kim Higgison of Duck Island Ice Cream thinks you should. She’s proud of the creative community in her adopted home of Hamilton.
Discover Kim’s Hamilton.
Artist & designer
Never had a good look around the explosion of incredible street art in Christchurch? Artist and designer Kophie Hulsbosch recommends the Watch This Space guided tour. Her Ōtautahi is rich with urban art, conscious fashion and vegan food.
Discover Kophie’s Christchurch.
Multimedia performance artist
Never thought of a carved waka as an ancestor you should visit regularly to pay respects? New Zealand-born Samoan artist Leafa Wilson does. She’s the visual arts curator at Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga and she’s got a unique insight into its collections and to her city.
Discover Leafa's Hamilton.
Never had a line-up of local chardonnay with your tapas? Hospitality legend Lisa Wicksteed recommends the wine “flights” from Cellar Door in the city’s stunning Arts Centre. As a respected restaurateur for 20 years, Lisa knows the magic of heartfelt hospo.
Discover Lisa’s Christchurch.
Miriama Grace Smith
Never seen artist Xoë Hall’s huge depiction of David Bowie in the carpark near Fortune Favours brewery? Xoë’s friend, artist Miriama Grace Smith, thinks this beer and street art combo is a perfect Wellington experience.
Never met a friendly eel? Musician Nadia Reid finds inspiration and exercise soaking up nature at Orokonui Ecosanctuary. Nadia’s Dunedin is full of nature - and great food and coffee.
Discover Nadia’s Dunedin.
Prak and Nadya
Never discovered the sauna hidden upstairs in the central city? For retailers Prak and Nadya, this is a weekly fix. Check out their other favourites - from fashion to food and other good-for-you stuff.
Rachel Hope Peary
Painter & yoga teacher
Never found the hidden gem that is Lovegrove Lane in Hamilton? This is where painter and yoga teacher, Rachel Hope Peary, spends most of her time. Delicious food, calming yoga and boutique retailers keep her coming back.
Discover Rachel’s Hamilton.
Samuel Flynn Scott
Never zorbed into the bins at Slowboat Records? Samuel Flynn Scott of the Phoenix Foundation describes this as “meditation for music nerds”. Samuel also writes about food and is obsessed with anything delicious.
Never hit the boutiques of fashion-forward Dunedin? Company of Strangers creative director Sara Munro says to get to know Dunedin, you need to see how Dunedin dresses and explore the natural beauty and underground culture.
Discover Sara’s Dunedin.
Steph and Emily
Artists & business owners
Never seen Robert Jahnke’s sculpture Te Tatau Ki Kirikiriroa in Hamilton’s new urban architecture project? Artists Emily and Steph love its striking corten steel and mind-bending infinity lighting illusions.
Discover Emily & Steph’s Hamilton.
Professional rugby player
Never had an infrared sauna followed by an ice bath? Ex-Māori All Black Tim Bateman does this every week. His wellness game went up a notch while supporting his wife Laura’s fight against multiple sclerosis.
Discover Tim’s Christchurch.
Never hunted out the three sculptures around Potter’s Park? Spinoff cartoonist Toby Morris likes to eat dumplings in this park and make up stories about how the three artworks relate. Toby loves Auckland’s mix of cultures.
Gluten free baker
Never strolled the Sanctuary Mahi Whenua Community Gardens? Gluten-free baker Yeshe Dawa loves looking at the way different people approach their edible gardens. Yeshe loves connecting with Auckland’s local food culture and green spaces.
Discover Yeshe’s Auckland.